Working Hands Farm
is a small organic CSA farm located 17.4 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. We utilize a variety of different environmentally friendly farming methods such as, cover cropping, integrated pest management, inter-planting, composting, etc… We believe that it is essential to feed our community safe and nutritious fruits & vegetables. Our farm specializes in growing European varietals that should inspire new gastronomic adventures in all of the households we feed. Working Hands Farm was started in 2010 by Brian D. Martin, a Portland native, with the goal of bringing a new perspective to our urban farming community. We invite you all out to the farm to come see and experience how we are doing things differently. Bring a nice bottle of wine, a blanket and something to snack on and enjoy the beauty of our garden.
“When the community is connected to its soil the plants are not the only things to grow roots.” -Brian D. Martin
Brian was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and will forever call it his home. He attended the University of Oregon for his formal education and received B.A. in English Literature in 2007. He has since spent the majority of his time abroad on a variety of humanitarian projects: starting as a volunteer in Argentina while studying spanish, then working professionally in Uganda (where he had his very first garden) and most recently working in Haiti. These experiences have served as a catalyst in his life and in many ways are what lead to the birth of the farm, moving from chaos and contradictions to the peace of meditative labour, one giving strength to the other and back again. Brian started Working Hands Farm in 2010 and with the support from his friends, his family and his CSA members he hopes to farm for the rest of his life.
From Oregon to Louisiana, Uganda and India, I recall meals at wooden tables, in multi-family living rooms, under thatched huts, and on concrete rooftops. Every day of work on the farm is a remembrance of these gatherings and of the associations I have with people, places and things. I see each task as an opportunity to appreciate the tales our lives tell. Beets, kale and bacon are among my favorite things to eat.